(Closed) Ahhhh. Too much videography indecision! HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Who are your favorites?
    Pacifica : (0 votes)
    Pagakis : (0 votes)
    Six Degrees : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Cinetix : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Cine Momento : (2 votes)
    29 %
    The Photographers : (3 votes)
    43 %
    Benjamin Chan : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    389 posts
    Helper bee

    Cine Momento – they have a lovely eye for all the details – faces, rings, flowers, scenery, faces – these are the things that will give you the emotion you want for your wedding.  The price is cheap.

    Post # 4
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    7 posts
    Newbee

    Wedding videographer here. Just commenting solely on the quality of the videos:

    Top Picks:

    6. Photographers – cute! Biggest strength is their good eye for composition. Some truly fantastic shots peppered in. Decent editing (little too slow at the beginning, little too fast at the end), but solid sense of pacing, and best use of their slider out of the bunch. DSLRs. Nice use of funny spontaneous moments with ceremony. 

    1. Pacifica – Very stylized videos, but they totally pull it off. The Karina + Rick video in Punta Cana is really cute. Decent eye for detail, great eye for colors.

    Decent:

    4. Cinetix – Good editors, but not great shooters. Hard to tell because the videos wouldn’t load all the way, but they seemed decent. Honestly kinda boring videos, but they seem like a solid option.

    5. Cinemento – Hard to tell, because their video section is down, but from a few minutes of their photo/video demo, they shoot on DSLRs and have a good sense of color/composition. 

    7. Benjamin Chan – Like him, good eye for composition and colors, decent pacing. Thinks more like a photographer than a videographer, wish we could hear more audio. Kind of odd sense of build up. 

    Would Avoid:

    2. Pagakis – Poor editing, weird switching between video quality (aka, interchanging HD and SD cameras). Bad sense of movement too. 

    3. Six Degrees – who picks their music?? Some of their build up is good, but they don’t really have a sense of storytelling, not helped out by the jarring cuts. Weird composition, unmotivated sliding… it just doesn’t come together when it feels like it should. Also, two words: white. balance.

    Post # 6
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    7 posts
    Newbee

    @Miss Care Bear:  I could talk about cameras for days! ;] But to try and simplify it, DSLRs are just a type of digital camera that produces really great quality. I think they started off as just still photography cameras but expanded to be able to record video as well. They’re becoming a lot more popular in the wedding videography world because if you know what you’re doing, you can get beautiful footage using cameras and lenses that are less expensive than other options. The downside is that they are insanely difficult to use in live-event situations because they are absolutely cannot be handheld (way too shaky, poor stabilizer), have a clip time limit of 12 minutes, horrible audio situation (both onboard and mic plug-in monitoring), sensitive focus, etc. They were just really not meant to shoot weddings. However, the footage that you’re able to get (the kind of stuff that you see that is ‘cinematic’) is so nice that it’s worth working with all of the fussiness. But this means you really have to choose someone who knows what they’re doing with the camera! 

    In terms of what you’re looking for, you should really pick someone that shoots with a DSLR because it’s just going to look much better. I know I wrote out ‘DSLR’ for a few of the companies, but I think that’s where I just really noticed them using good equipment. Not all DSLRs are created equal (something shot on a Canon T4i is going to look much less ‘polished’ than something shot on the 7D, for instance). I think most wedding videographers actually shoot on DSLRs now, but it’s definitely worth inquiring before you book. 

    Anyway, sorry to get all rambly! Basically, I highly recommend finding a videographer that shoots with DSLRs. But I think it would be much better to just look at videos you like and pick from videos that you think are just really beautiful/cinematic. When it comes to equipment it’s not necessarily about what you have, it’s how you use it. So while it matters, at the end of the day, I would pick based off of how they use those cameras and how it comes across in the video.

    Post # 8
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    389 posts
    Helper bee

    Putting in my “two cents!”

    Bells and whistles are not as important as sound and editing ability.  I am a videographer (more of a documentary maker) and shot my sister’s wedding on a decent 3CCD camera (not HD) and had an editor edit and stylize it.  It came out fabulous without a whole crew, sound and lighting, etc.  It’s the way it’s shot and the way it’s edited that counts.  The editor charged me $800 and I shot it for free, so you see, she saved a fortune.  The video was soft, fluid, romantic with all the nuances you’d expect from a higher-priced video company.  These are the questions you should ask:

    1.  Do you provide lighting? (for higher-priced videographers)

    2.  Is there a sound mixer? (for higher-priced videographers)

    3.  Do you utilize a steady-cam (for higher-priced videographers)

    4.  I’m not concerned about a lot of equipment or bells and whistles.  Do you make sure every frame is color corrected and edited to our day, making it unique?  Do you incorporate any special effects, transitions and an overall montage?

    5.  Can you utilize still photos as well as my favorite music to make it more personal?

    6.  Do you do candids, like interview our family and friends and take a lot of dance shots?

    My advice is if you have the cash, hire whom you trust and believe in.  If your budget is short, get a basic package.  Either way, you will love your video and look at it again and again and really cherish the memories.  

    Note:  There are no “bad” cameras – only bad operators.  HD or tape is equal in quality – DSLR/HD is just a more modern format to shoot.

    Post # 9
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    7 posts
    Newbee

    @LiseRamosMorales:  I completely agree! I definitely didn’t mean to imply that experience and technique are secondary to fancy cameras (or that DSLRs are the end all be all of cameras! heavens no..) In fact, when I went through and rated all of the videographers on the list, my goal was to primarily compare and contrast the skill of the shooting and editing.

    Post # 10
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    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Miss Care Bear:  Hey, I am also looking for a videographer for my Montreal wedding… I checked out all your inks and some are really great, so I’m starting to contact people for availability. The thing is, I don’t have a huge budget for this (my fiance doesn’t even know i’m looking into it, haha) and I was wondering if you could tell me how you negotiated with them? For ex, on cinemomento they say their packages start at $1999 so I’m wondering how you came up with that $1000 number for them!

     

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